Game 2017.141: Tigers at Blue Jays

It’s not every day you get to see a triple play and a grand slam in the same game. Buck looked pretty good too.

Today’s Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Jaime Candelario 3B
  3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  4. Nick Castellanos RF
  5. John Hicks DH
  6. James McCann C
  7. JaCoby Jones CF
  8. Andrew Romine LF
  9. Dixon Machado SS

Pitching: Chad Bell vs Brett Anderson


  1. Tony de Florida

    September 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    The buzz on Candyman was that he was not a great glove at 3B. Can’t believe it on what I’ve seen so far, looks comfortable on all plays. Of course the buzz might have been manufactured only to justify keeping Casty at 3rd.

    • Jud

      September 9, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Maybe the buzz was comparing hi. To Dr Strange glove.

  2. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I hope this report will spur the Tigers to a pitching gem today. That’s usually how these things go.

    Pitchers named Verlander, Fulmer, J. Wilson, and Greene:
    W-L 26-27
    IP 439
    ERA 3.55
    WHIP 1.30
    BB/9 = 3.1
    K/9 = 8.4
    HR/9 = 0.9

    The other 25 guys:
    W-L 34-53
    IP 792
    ERA 6.08
    WHIP 1.56
    BB/9 = 3.4
    K/9 = 7.1
    HR/9 = 1.6

    “Young/inexperienced” has been pushed hard for a while now as the reason for all this by and Ausmus. I don’t suppose it could be that the Tigers are just terrible at anything even tangentially related to pitching.

    The 2017 pitching staff is the worst this century and possibly the worst in franchise history. This I submit to you. Pitching is the hurricane that wiped out the season.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      The Tigers were once, believe it or not, 51-57. Since then, not including today’s game, they’ve allowed 6.5 runs per game. Opponents have batted .312, 56 HR in 32 games. The offense, meanwhile, has been its average self (.754 OPS) while managing to score a lot less runs (4.2 per game) even while hitting lots of HR (38 in 32 games).

      Michael Fulmer hasn’t won a game since July 15.

      65-97, anyone? Draft picks getting better by the day.

  3. Tony de Florida

    September 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I see that the rest of the year we can depend on Ian, Miggy, Casty, and everyday Lettuce being in the lineup. So much for looking at the kids but it sets up rehiring Brad to continue working with the younger kids next year. Justification will be that since he’s younger he’ll be able to work with them better. I really hope the Illitch family sells the Tigers.

    • Smoking Loon

      September 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      No one is gonna pay those $7-8 ticket prices just to see a bunch of scrubs with better batting averages, Tony.

      • Jud

        September 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm

        +1..Miggy brings them in no matter how bad or how good he does!

  4. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I see that Anibal will be back at it tomorrow. I was hoping he would get some extra rest after what was, for me, his best start of the season. I hope he is able to go just as deep into the game against the Blue Jays.

    • Tony de Florida

      September 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Glad to see our #1 starter is back.

  5. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Saupold is young and inexperienced. He doesn’t know about walks yet.

  6. Smoking Loon

    September 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Penciling in Andrew Romine as the starting LF for 2018. Note to self: Mahtook in RF, Castellanos has to DH or be gone.

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